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Brother of Marine Charged With Desertion Claims Anti-Muslim Bias (Wassef Ali Hassoun)
AP ^ | 2-4-05

Posted on 02/04/2005 5:56:57 PM PST by Indy Pendance

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Anti-Muslim bias prompted military officials to treat an AWOL Marine charged with desertion more harshly than others, the man's brother said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The pressure of the charge filed against Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, coupled with an argument with his newlywed wife the day he was to return to his base, drove Hassoun to flee, said his brother, Mohamad.

Neither Mohamad Hassoun nor military officials know where to find the younger Hassoun, a Lebanese-born, naturalized American citizen. He failed to return to Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Jan. 5 - the second time the Marines have deemed him a deserter.

"Instead of them giving him medals and making him feel good about his service and what he was doing for his country, they gave him an Article 32," Hassoun said of the military court proceedings that are on hold against his brother until he is found.

"I think there is some kind of bias, yes," he said.

Mohamad Hassoun believes his brother's claim that he was kidnapped in Iraq last summer and held against his will before being released. Hassoun said the military charges are built on hearsay.

He said thousands of deserters have gone AWOL, but haven't shown up on the Naval Criminal Investigative Services' most wanted list like his brother.

All five people currently being sought by the military and featured on the NCIS Web site are charged with desertion.

Maj. Matt Morgan, a spokesman for the Camp Lejeune-based 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, denied that Hassoun was treated differently because of bias and said any action being taken against Hassoun is based on evidence, not religion.

Mohamad Hassoun declined to say whether he has spoken to his brother after the 25-year-old soldier failed to return to Camp Lejeune early last month after an authorized leave. He would only confirm that he spoke to Wassef Hassoun Dec. 29, when the Marine called from the Washington airport.

"He should come to defend himself and to face these charges," Mohamad Hassoun said. "Until the truth is known, no one should be jumping to conclusions."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: deserter; hassoun

1 posted on 02/04/2005 5:56:58 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

WHATEVER


2 posted on 02/04/2005 5:59:31 PM PST by mammer
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To: Indy Pendance

Oh well, if it was anti-Musim bias that explains it all. Next case.


3 posted on 02/04/2005 6:00:28 PM PST by drt1
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To: drt1

/sarcasm


4 posted on 02/04/2005 6:01:42 PM PST by drt1
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To: Indy Pendance

I said it before I'll say it again; I know from personal experience that the majority of muslims in the US are traitors and cant be trusted!!!


5 posted on 02/04/2005 6:02:00 PM PST by Luigi Vasellini
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To: Indy Pendance

Bias? BIAS?!! You're right!! And your Islamonazi buddies earned it!


6 posted on 02/04/2005 6:03:23 PM PST by stboz
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To: Indy Pendance

In a more rational world, AP would not this story with such a wide-eyed pretence of innocence.


7 posted on 02/04/2005 6:04:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Indy Pendance

Oh, we didn't see that one coming. Did we?


8 posted on 02/04/2005 6:04:47 PM PST by MisterRepublican (Liberalism kills.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Bull-stuff-O-meter is pegged out


9 posted on 02/04/2005 6:05:25 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: Indy Pendance

Wait for CAIR to chime in.

I guess he should get preferential treatment for deserting. Twice.


10 posted on 02/04/2005 6:07:39 PM PST by KJC1 (Liberals are to America what undertows are to swimmers)
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To: Indy Pendance
So, now the deserter is a victim because they didn't give him medals to make him feel good and his wife yelled at him and he is muslin. Please just shoot him.
11 posted on 02/04/2005 6:11:33 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (We won. We don't need to be forgiving. Let the heads roll!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Indy Pendance


Me thinks he doth protest too much.


12 posted on 02/04/2005 6:12:45 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: Indy Pendance

Hey, Mohamad Hassoun, who about we put you in an orange jumpsuit with machetes in our hands and ask you where your coward brother is?


13 posted on 02/04/2005 6:14:31 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Indy Pendance

OK, all you non-muslims can now desert without fear of being charged. Only muslims are being charged because the military is obviously biased. /sarcasm


14 posted on 02/04/2005 6:14:42 PM PST by Kirkwood (Liberals gave the world "Rock the Vote." George W Bush gave the world "Iraq: The vote!")
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Mohamad Hassoun

Well Mohamad, your puke of a brother was UA, not AWOL, before he became a deserter.

15 posted on 02/04/2005 6:27:03 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Cicero
In a more rational world, AP would not this story with such a wide-eyed pretence of innocence.

Conservatives are at distinct disadvantage. We use logic (well, for the most part) to argue our positions. They use a self-perceived sense of ultimate knowledge (e.g., "If I believe it, it's true."), We have a very slim chance of conversion, and preaching to the choir quickly loses its luster.

What I'm doing is writing newspaper columns in communities littered with moderates (i.e., the silent majority)

16 posted on 02/04/2005 6:29:34 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Indy Pendance

Those who earn medals and ribbons do not run when things get tough.


17 posted on 02/04/2005 6:32:37 PM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Indy Pendance

He should have never been out of custody. He splits from Iraq, claiming he was kidnapped, turns up unscathed in Beirut, then deserts? And this is bias? Who knows where he was, who he was with, and what he told. This guy has sleeper written all over him!


18 posted on 02/04/2005 6:34:10 PM PST by cardinal4 (George W Bush-Bringing a new democracy every term..)
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To: Indy Pendance
FACT: He's a deserter. FACT: He's Muslim. FACT: He's Lebanese. Where's the bias?
19 posted on 02/04/2005 6:37:30 PM PST by canalabamian (Diversity is not our strength...UNITY is.)
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To: cardinal4

No more BS just hang him.


20 posted on 02/04/2005 6:40:33 PM PST by jocko12
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To: jocko12

Hell, he deserted once already!


21 posted on 02/04/2005 6:57:30 PM PST by cardinal4 (George W Bush-Bringing a new democracy every term..)
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To: Luigi Vasellini
I said it before I'll say it again; I know from personal experience that the majority of muslims in the US are traitors and cant be trusted!!!


22 posted on 02/04/2005 7:25:31 PM PST by SheLion (God bless our military members and keep them safe.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Bias?
Hell, there isn't a "biased" bone in the entire USMC..

However, they are hell bent to punish deserters during time of war, in the war zone ---- and jerks that go AWOL while "under investigation"....

I could accept some very serious consequences for the little bastard......Muslim or not....but especially Muslim.

Semper Fi


23 posted on 02/04/2005 7:31:39 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Sister, if there was bias, your brother never would have been allowed to enlist in the first place.


24 posted on 02/04/2005 7:35:11 PM PST by mass55th ("If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?"----Abe Lincoln (1809-1865))
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To: Indy Pendance
Until the truth is known, no one should be jumping to conclusions.

Well, I'll jump to a conclusion nevertheless, and Mahmoud can bite his Arab a** if he doesn't like it.

A Musli soldier missing from his post in a Mohammedan country amidst a war against sick Mohammedan terrorists is of a little bigger concern than some Nancy-boy running in tears to Canada because a Hollywood adventure he was hoping for came to be a much more serious matter.

25 posted on 02/04/2005 9:55:18 PM PST by Neophyte (Nazists, Communists, Islamists... what the heck is the difference?)
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To: Indy Pendance

Yeah, right . . .


26 posted on 02/05/2005 2:05:36 PM PST by KiloLima (January 30, 2005: A date that will live in our hearts and minds . . .)
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To: SheLion

Just remember: islamic jihadist values don't stop at (either) border!


27 posted on 02/05/2005 2:07:24 PM PST by KiloLima (January 30, 2005: A date that will live in our hearts and minds . . .)
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